Burgess Farm is an exciting program area at the South Shore YMCA’s Camp Burgess & Hayward, a summer camp and outdoor education facility located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Approximately 5,000 visitors interact directly with the farm each year, participating in service-learning programs, overnight outdoor education field trips, alternative education instruction, corporate retreats, and residential summer camps. These visitors have the opportunity to help grow food for the community while learning about local and sustainable food systems through hands-on, participatory activities that highlight the role farms and farmers play in today’s world.
An additional 5,000 visitors to Camp benefit indirectly from the farm each year: those benefits might come in the form of eating the produce in the dining hall, swinging through the garden during an early morning hike, or checking out the observation beehive while waiting for a meal to start. And many more individuals are touched by the farm at the local farmers’ market and neighborhood pantries, where our produce, seeds, and seedlings are made available to the greater community.
All of the programming at Burgess Farm reflects the YMCA’s dedication to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We aim to engage visitors to the farm in ongoing conversation about the connection between local food and personal and environmental health, while also introducing them to the delicious benefits of eating local, seasonal produce. With approximately 5,000 square feet under cultivation, an 800-square-foot heated greenhouse, and an array of raised beds, the farm offers visitors opportunities to get their hands in the soil throughout the year. The farm is also home to five pygmy goats, a flock of laying hens, two rabbits, and an observation hive of European honeybees.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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